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Big Design Workshop: Intro to ActionScript 3.0
Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)
As you already know, Flash is an extremely powerful graphics tool. You can create dynamic, interactive animated content for everything from basic animations to entire web sites. Flash provides developers and designers with greater control over the display of their works than would otherwise be possible.
The real power of the Flash Platform, however, comes when you are able to add interactivity to your content using ActionScript. You don’t need to be a hard core programmer, or have a desire to become a coder to take advantage of ActionScript. If you want to take your Flash projects to the next level, having even a basic understanding of how to use ActionScript is a must.
This workshop is for beginner to intermediate users of Flash who want to extend their knowledge beyond the drawing tools Flash has to offer. You should be somewhat familiar with the basic constructs of Flash (e.g. what a MovieClip is, how to create a symbol, and how to create a motion tween). Bring your laptop to get some hands-on experience with ActionScript. You can download Flash before the workshop or you can do it at the first break. You are guaranteed to walk away with a good foundation on ActionScript programming with real examples, tips and tricks, and hand-on exercises.
Your instructor is Dave Gillem, Interactive Creative Director at Travelocity. Dave will give you an overview of ActionScript, and then he will run you through a series of hands-on exercises.
What will you learn?
In this workshop, you will:
- Obtain an overview of ActionScript 3.0 and some of the different tools used to code for the Flash player
- Learn the Fundamentals of programming using ActionScript
- Perform hands-on exercises to learn how to:
- Control your movies timeline (animation, looping, etc..)
- Add interaction to your projects (rollovers, transitions, etc..)
- Accessing external assets using code (load images, sound, text, etc..)
Who should attend?
This workshop is primarily for beginner and intermediate users of Flash. This workshop is ideal for students, teachers, designers, and developers who want to learn more about the programming side of Flash. Dave will be sharing tips and tricks on Flash throughout the workshop.
Cost of the Workshop?
The workshop price is $99 (plus EventBrite fees), which is a great bargain. The price includes a pizza lunch, drinks, trial versions of software, and additional swag. DFW-UPA and LV Graphics Studios will be sponsoring the pizza lunch and drinks.
The location of Flash Boot Camp will be at Sabre in Building B (Room B1-157), which is the building on the right . Your day basically looks like this:
10am – 11am ActionScript Overview
11am – 12pm ActionScript Programming Fundamentals (Hands-on Exercises)
12pm – 1pm Lunch Break
1pm – 2:30pm ActionScript Programming Fundamentals cont… (Hands-on Exercises)
2:30 – 3pm PM Break
3pm – 4:30pm Hands-on Exercises
About Dave Gillem
Dave Gillem is the Interactive Creative Director for Travelocity and operates his own studio under the name Crucial Limit. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas and now sits on the Advisory Board for the school. He was one of the technical reviewers for the Flash CS3 test offered by Brainbench. Dave has been doing interactive design for over 12 years, using Flash since version 3, and drawing on walls since age 2. He has received numerous awards for his client work using Flash and is very passionate about the Flash Platform.
When & Where
This event is organized by DFW-UPA. Additional information about DFW-UPA is available at www.dfw-upa.org.